Closing the gender gap in SA by just 10% could achieve higher economic growth - report
Closing the gender gap in SA by just 10% could achieve higher economic growth - report

A recently released report from PwC Economics analyses the behavioural measures that bring gender equality to emerging tech. 16 nudges for more #WomenInTech notes that the imbalance between men and women in the technology sector is unlikely to be remedied unless organisations, schools and universities work together to change entrenched perceptions about the industry.

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Renée Minnaar wins 31st Corobrik Architectural Awards
Renée Minnaar wins 31st Corobrik Architectural Awards

Renée Minnaar from the University of Pretoria is this year's winner of the Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award. Her thesis, entitled, Remediator - Restoring the dichotomous relationship between industry and nature through an urban eco-textile mill and dye house impressed the judges with its insightful way of tackling quintessentially South African issues that cross generations and present compelling reasons to rethink the local built environment in South Africa.

10 hours ago

SRK's WULA experts
SRK encouraged by new DWS online water use licence system

Jacky Burke, leader of SRK Consulting's Water Use Licence Application (WULA) Group in Johannesburg hosted a workshop last month on the Department of Water and Sanitation's new online system.

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With smart cities, your every step will be recorded

Modern cities are brimming with objects that receive, collect and transmit data. This includes mobile phones but also objects actually embedded into our cities, such as traffic lights and air pollution stations. Even something as simple as a garbage bin can now be connected to the internet, meaning that it forms part of what is called the internet of things (IoT).

By Sara Degli-Esposti and Siraj Ahmed Shaikh 1 day ago

MBAWC hosts seminar seeking to reduce number of accidents on building sites
MBAWC hosts seminar seeking to reduce number of accidents on building sites

According to figures from the Federated Employer's Mutual Assurance Company (FEM), which provides workmen's compensation insurance to employers in the construction industry, there have already been 412 accidents on Western Cape construction sites, with six fatalities and 58 people left permanently disabled, during the first quarter of 2018.

2 days ago

Recent changes in government to have significant impact on construction sector
Recent changes in government to have significant impact on construction sector

The country is currently experiencing a palpable positive mood of change since the recent changes in government. While it is too early for the new leadership to have introduced any meaningful economic changes, they are sending encouraging signals to the market.

By Njombo Lekula 2 days ago

SAPPMA stands fast on manufacturing standards
SAPPMA stands fast on manufacturing standards

According to Jan Venter, CEO of the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA), its board members decided during a recent strategic planning session to remain steadfast in their focus on quality, taking an uncompromising stand when it comes to pipe manufacturers who fail to comply or are found guilty of misconduct.

3 days ago

Smart urbanism, sustainability in the spotlight at upcoming RICS Summit Africa
Smart urbanism, sustainability in the spotlight at upcoming RICS Summit Africa

Scheduled for 30-31 May in Sandton Central, Johannesburg, the 2018 RICS Summit Africa event plans to put the spotlight on smart urbanism and sustainability.

3 days ago

Smart cities in Africa? It's not just about ICT
Smart cities in Africa? It's not just about ICT

As mass urbanisation continues across Africa, putting in place the fundamental infrastructure needed to build smart cities has never been more important. Smart cities are emerging in Zambia, Ghana, Mauritius and Kenya. For all of them, the first hurdle is installing the ICT infrastructure, but the capabilities required to kick-start smart city services and efficiencies reach beyond ICT.

By Eckart Zollner 13 Apr 2018

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Uganda signs $4bn agreement to build a refinery

The government of Uganda has signed the contract for the construction of the $4bn oil refinery, offering further clarity on how the country's oil resources will be exploited.

By Jeff Mbanga 12 Apr 2018

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Failed sanitation at schools violates children's rights

The death of five-year-old Lumka Mthethwa who fell into a pit latrine at her school in the Eastern Cape shook us all. And it was particularly hurtful, and disappointing given that we had seen such a tragic incident before when Micheal Komape, another five year old suffered the same death back in 2014. Clearly, we failed to take lessons back then which could have saved the life of Lumka Mthethwa.

By Jay Bhagwan 12 Apr 2018

Smart cities: Tapping into innovation networks
Smart cities: Tapping into innovation networks

Many cities - an increasing number of major African metros among them - are beginning to outgrow themselves. Ageing populations, increasing urban density, resource issues and mobility constraints - these are among the primary issues faced by urban areas. Upgrading or adding to physical infrastructure is possible, but urban adjustment is notoriously slow, and cities' budgets are increasingly tight. To cope with the demands they'll face tomorrow, cities need to find ways of making the most of what they've got today.

By Wayne Hull 12 Apr 2018

When in a mall's lifecycle should refurbishments be done?
When in a mall's lifecycle should refurbishments be done?

There are a number of reasons why mall refurbishments are done - keeping up with current shopping centre trends, retail formats that erode traffic, or it could simply be a strategic need to expand or improve certain aspects of a shopping centre.

12 Apr 2018